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communication with General Garrard, and if a chance officers to your small force to hit some part of Hood's army in flank. I think he will move, via Summerville and Alpine, on Gadsden. At Chattanooga they expect him at Caperton's Ferry, which is absurd.

W. T. SHERMAN,

Major-General, Commanding.

ROME, October 17, 1864 - 5 p. m.

Major-General SHERMAN:

Your dispatch received. Will try and open communication with Garrard at Dirt Town. Wil also send force toward Coosaville,, and hold my force in readiness to strike whenever I find a favorable opportunity. We get very little information, owing to the large number of cavalry surrounding us. Wagon trains and supplies are reported occasionally in and about Jacksonville. Have nothing of importance.

JNO M. CORSE,

Brigadier-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rome, Ga., October 17, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER FIRST BRIGADE:

You wil order Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Bowen, FIFTY-second Illinois Infantry, to cross the Oostenaula River bridge a 6 a. m. to-morrow sharp with his own regiment, FIFTY-second Illinois, and the Seventh Iowa Infantry, which latter regiment you will instruct to report to him in time for the movement. The men will be supplied with one day's rations and sixty rounds of ammunition. Please order Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Bowen to report in person to these headquarters without delay for instructions.

By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rome, Ga., October 17, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER SECOND BRIGADE:

You will order the Eighty-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry to report to Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Bowen at the Oostenaula River bridge at 6 a. m. to-morrow, the 18th instant, supplied with one day's rations and sixty rounds of ammunition per man. Let there be no failure inn the movement.

By order of Brigadier General John M. Corse:

LOUIS H. EVERTS,

Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.

HDQRS. FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS,

Rome, Ga., October 17, 1864.

COMMANDING OFFICER THIRD BRIGADE,

FOURTH DIVISION, FIFTEENTH ARMY CORPS:

You will order the Fiftieth Illinois Infantry to report to Lieutenant Colonel E. A. Bowen, commanding FIFTY-second Illinois Infantry, at the Ooste-